Patent Model, Tug for Towing Canal Boats

Description
This beautiful wood model accompanied Walter Everson's 1871 patent application for an “improvement in tugs for towing boats” that received patent number 110754 on January 3, 1871. Walter Everson, a ship carpenter from New York City, proposed a paddle-wheel-driven tug for towing canal boats. "Its objects are to secure strength and compactness of construction, with increased efficiency in towing, and to prevent the washing of the banks by obviating the usual side swell."
Everson's solution was to place a single paddle wheel in a long, straight-sided channel, which would "confine the water...so that its expulsion is directly backward." For strength he designed the tug with two decks, heavily reinforced with internal framing. His model elegantly shows the complexity of this framing. Although he specified the use of two rudders, Everson made no mention of an engine for turning the paddle wheel.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1871
patent date
1871-01-03
patentee
Everson, Walter
inventor
Everson, Walter
associated place
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 10.795 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
TR.325942
catalog number
325942
accession number
249602
patent number
110,754
subject
Maritime
Patent Models
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Work and Industry: Maritime
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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